"To ensure implementation
of the reforms, we need the unity in the coalition, the political will and
political responsibility of each member of Parliament, President, Prime
Minister and the Government for the fate of the country," stressed Prime
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in "10 minutes" programme on Sunday, November 8.
reminded that week the Parliament had refused to vote for laws that stipulate
for real fight against corruption. Such laws, he noted, are in effect in all EU
member countries: "What is the debate in the Ukrainian Parliament? Maybe
someone wants to escape from criminal liability for corruption crimes or to
prevent an opportunity to return the assets of the former regime?"
Minister appealed to the Parliament with a request to approve the next plenary
week the laws "necessary for every citizen of our country": "I appeal
to the political responsibility of the entire Ukrainian parliamentary coalition
and each MP of Ukraine personally. The Ukrainians have a national goal – to
become members of the European Union. Do not block the way towards this goal,
and do everything to ensure we could pass this way together."
He stressed that
over the past 20 months "we have survived, have passed the first stage of
reforms, and we need to move on": "We have received incredible
support from the European Union, the United States of America and the entire
free western world. Support of the outside world is crucial, but we can obtained it only when all of us in synergy advance further".
accentuated the only way we have is the way of reforms: "All member-countries
of the European Union have passed the same path, Ukraine is following now. They
were doing it 20 years ago. We should do this immediately".
"In the last
twenty years we have been trying to find a different way how to build Ukraine.
As a result we got lost and have hardly lost our country. That is why the Agreement
on political association and Agreement on free trade area with the EU is our
road map and action plan how to make Ukraine part of the European Union,"
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed.
The Head of the Government highlighted
to ensure the implementation of this agreement, it is crucial to
have "a political will of the political class,
which is elected by the people of Ukraine, the political responsibility for the
extremely difficult, unpopular, but correct steps and decisions, much
needed for the Ukrainian state".
"The history of our state shows that
the greatest threat to the independence of Ukraine was posed by internal
factors. Strife, conflicts, squabbles, politicking and
lack of responsibility before the Ukrainian people for the future of the
Ukrainian state. Our enemies expect similar things
to happen again. I'll give you my answer: we will be strong and
will pursue this path of right,
difficult but the only correct steps and changes for Ukraine,"
said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"We are following
the path of European reforms. But this road should
be built every day by working hard, day after
day, kilometre after kilometre.
And all of us must engage in building
this European way of Ukraine", he said.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk focused on the agenda
for the Parliament to complete before the end of year.
First of all, the Verkhovna Rada should
vote on key laws, which allow Ukraine to get a visa-free regime for the
citizens of the country.
In addition, the agenda contains the
adoption of a package of bills
on education and healthcare, as well as the formation of a
new State Bureau of investigations: "Everyone discusses
the Prosecutor's office failure to fulfil
its function. Hence, the Government insists on deprivation of
the Prosecutor's office of investigation functions and the
establishment of an independent State Bureau of investigation".
It is also vital to adopt a fair budget for 2016: "The
Budget is not a political fiction. The budget implies arithmetic.
One should spend only what he has
earned. But to earn more, the Parliament
should enact laws on deregulation and transparent and fair privatization.
Ukraine needs investment for economic growth, new
jobs, increase of budget revenues, and thus the increase of social
also stressed that on 11 December, the Government of
Ukraine would report to the Ukrainian people and the
Ukrainian Parliament for a year of